When you were pregnant did anyone warn you about the witching hour? That hour (or longer) every night that baby seems to cry uncontrollably? Here are some of our top tips to help calm baby during this time.
Find a Quiet Place
Baby may be overstimulated from the day, take them to a quiet place to unwind from all the excitement of the day.
Put baby in a carrier, the sound of your heartbeat may help to soothe them. Take a stroll around the block or simply put them in the carrier while you do chores around the house.
Take a Bath
A bath is a good way to bond with baby, unwind from the day and help them calm down.
If baby is breastfed they may want to cluster feed in the evening to prepare for longer periods of sleep at night.
Play a white noise machine to mimic the sounds baby heard while in the womb, this can have a calming effect.
Could it be colic?
Colic usually follows the rule of 3’s. Colic is usually characterized as crying that lasts longer than 3 hours, for at least 3 days a week for 3 weeks or more and cannot be consoled or soothed. In addition to the ideas listed above gripe water may help reduce baby’s discomfort.